Opinion

Dec. 26, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

In the National Defense Authorization Act recently signed by President Obama, there is a provision for a memorial to American service members who died in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


Dec. 25, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Many people give of their time to make Christmas brighter for everyone

Sevier County is among the most giving, generous counties in the state. It has a tradition of taking care of those in need.


Dec. 25, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

Editorial: Many people give of their time to make Christmas brighter for everyone

Sevier County is among the most giving, generous counties in the state. It has a tradition of taking care of those in need.


Dec. 24, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Editorial: Christmas a celebration of greatest story ever told

The birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated by Christians worldwide today, is a compelling, powerful event. The story from the Books of Matthew and Luke deserves to be retold on this most special of days:


Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:23 PM

Ron Rader: The birth of Jesus — revisited

Yesterday morning, Sunday before Christmas, our pastor told us the Christmas story from Luke 2. This is my six plus decades of winters, so I guess I’d heard the story at least 66 times formally in church services.


Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Ask the Doc: The gift of music for Christmas

I searched the Internet to see when he died. He had been a regular performer on the Magnavox record player my Mom played when she was busy in the house. He shared time with Floyd Cramer, Al Hirt, Roy Clark, Van Cliburn, the Chipmunks (at Christmas) and some guy named Liberace.


Dec. 20, 2014 @ 10:48 PM

Jason Davis: Some random thoughts as Christmas nears

With this being my last column before Christmas, I'm going to share with you a few of the random things bouncing through my head as the big day draws near:


Dec. 20, 2014 @ 10:46 PM

Christmas rush is a busy time for scammers

In the hustle and bustle brought on by the Christmas season, many people let down their guard, both at home and out doing business, making themselves prime targets for thieves, cheats and scammers.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 03:25 PM

Jason Davis: Just when you think you know someone, you don't

You've heard it your whole life: No matter what you think, you never truly know someone.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 02:18 PM

With Susan Whitaker leaving, county needs a new ally in state tourism

Sevier County lost a friend and advocate in the state government's tourism hierarchy last week when it was announced longtime Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker was leaving her post.


Dec. 12, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Dogs, handlers train at Sevierville's annual K-9 school

K-9 teams from seven states were in town this week for the Sevierville Police Department's annual training exercise.


Dec. 12, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

SmartBank’s announcement Monday morning that its parent company, Pigeon Forge-based SmartFinancial, was merging with Chattanooga firm Cornerstone Bancshares, means a local business is growing exponentially and apparently thriving.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Letter: Deadly force should only be used when necessary

When one person is denied equal justice, we are all denied and we are all complicit. That is unless we speak up and unless we take action. Those are borrowed words.


Dec. 11, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Letter: Collier Group thanks donors for veterans meal

Golden Corrals across the country joined together last month to celebrate our nation’s veterans. Military Monday falls on the Monday after Vetarans Day, and it is a great day of thanks and fellowship.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

Editorial: Safe Harbor's cause deserves full community support

The sexual abuse of children is incredibly heinous. It's so troubling, in fact, that many don't want to think about it or even acknowledge its ugly presence in our society.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Ask the Doc: Why is my health my employer's business?

Imagine walking into work and being handed a form to be filled out for your employer. It has nothing to do with your work, by the way.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Letter: Humane Society thanks annual auction participants

This is to thank the citizens of Sevier County for making our auction on Dec. 6 one of the most successful ever. Your enthusiastic bidding ensures that our homeless animals will continue to enjoy a high level of care.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

Editorial: Christmas season can bring the blues

The Christmas season is a glorious time of year for many of us.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Editorial: National park expansion could be good for East Tennessee

Here in Sevier County, we've seen firsthand what a national park can mean to community — in terms of both the natural beauty preserved and the economic impact created by the designation.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

Jason Davis: Holiday blessing is the true source of my Christmas spirit

Last week I shared that, for multiple reasons, I found myself easily falling into the holiday spirit this season.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Holy arguments heat up at holidays

This time of year, the “War on Christmas” is hotly debated and discussed.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:47 PM

Letter: Wears Valley signs should reflect scenic highway

I think Wears Valley is at a cross road.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

With Challenger’s big week late last month, the American Eagle Foundation gained a lot of goodwill and, hopefully, financial support for the national bird of the United States and the other species of raptors housed the Pigeon Forge avian sanctuary.


Dec. 04, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Letter: Limbaugh way off base on Obama, reader says

David Limbaugh's "Obama ... throwing his party under the bus" (Oct. 28) made three points I wish to address.


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

Editorial: Bus crash raises seat belt question

The horrific crash in Knoxville on Tuesday raises an age-old question about the safety of school buses, widely considered one of the safest forms of transportation around.